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The Face of Love

Drama . Romance

A widow falls for a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late husband.

Actors: Annette Bening , Ed Harris , Robin Williams , Jess Weixler , Amy Brenneman , Linda Park , Jeffrey Vincent Parise , Eli Vargas , Horacio Cerutti , Clyde Kusatsu
Directors: Arie Posin
Country: USA
Release: 2013-10-25
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  • Jamie S. Rich

    It’s still worthwhile to see such seasoned screen professionals working to create something meaningful.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Ms. Bening does a touching, masterful job of conveying real emotional pain.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Sherilyn Connelly

    Bening and Harris have excellent chemistry.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This tale of a still-grieving widow (Bening) hypnotized by a dead ringer for her late husband verges on ludicrous, but ultimately succeeds at conveying one person’s complicated yet emotionally rational response to a highly irrational situation.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The result isn’t a great movie, but it is an excellent guilty pleasure.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mary Houlihan

    The stars hold the film together.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Thoughtfully directed and co-written by Arie Posin, the film is not a ghost story, nor is it played for campy laughs, but its melodramatic subject matter flirts with Douglas Sirk territory — and sometimes just dives right into it.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It’s the wonderful performances by Bening and Harris that make this flawed, somewhat maudlin film worth seeing.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Anna Smith

    A soapy but stirring romance with two committed leads.

    Empire Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    Melodrama often risks the ridiculous to achieve the sublime, and though this unabashedly earnest tearjerker doesn’t completely transcend its narrative absurdities, it’s enough of a distinctively odd duck to keep you engaged.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Annette Bening captivates as the self-delusionist, with Ed Harris ruggedly irresistible as the object of her fantasy.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    It's a maudlin, superficial exercise in obsession masquerading as a heartfelt romance and study of grief, and character development is sorely lacking. Although well-acted, particularly by Annette Bening, the story feels contrived.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    John Lennon once said that because he was an artist, if you gave him a tuba, he could get something out of it. The Face of Love presents us with Annette Bening and Ed Harris playing the tuba. They get something out of it - they get everything there is to get and more - but it's not enough.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    The Face Of Love has splashes of brilliance without and within its overtly saccharine story.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's a maudlin, superficial exercise in obsession masquerading as a heartfelt romance and study of grief, and character development is sorely lacking.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    If Nancy Meyers ever decided to dabble in gothic romance, it probably would turn out to be something like The Face of Love. Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    That Mr. Posin and Mr. McDuffie have stacked the deck against Nikki would be more irritating if Ms. Bening didn’t immediately make this woman come so satisfyingly alive, breathing believable vitality and at times contradictory emotions into what might have otherwise registered as a blur or cliché.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The director, Arie Posin, and his co-writer, Matthew McDuffie, have tried to do with their film — fill a bare-bones version of the Hitchcock film with an illusion of life. They do succeed sporadically.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    Arie Posin regrettably sticks to the tastefully designed, artless tear-jerker. The lost opportunity is that he's got the masterful Bening and Harris to play with, great enough actors to turn any interaction — however tritely written — into an intimate, emotionally honest dance of the scarred and delicate.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The Face Of Love provides itself with countless similar opportunities for emotional sweep, and squanders most of them by being workmanlike and unambitious, presuming that a story and a string score are enough to carry a movie.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    Whether it’s worth seeing a film solely for one amazing performance is a personal judgment call; for those who take that particular leap once in a while, though, here’s a worthy candidate.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    After a while, it begins to feel like a confused comedy: How to explain to the neighbours that your dead husband has moved back home?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    An almost offensively "tasteful" dud that remains irritatingly on the surface, more alive to the set design than the characters' motivations.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Bening and Harris are great actors, and they fill their roles as completely as they can, given the limitations of the soggy and implausible script by Matthew McDuffie and director Arie Posin.

    Washington Post Full Review
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